Donald Trump has already landed in Paris for the meeting with Emmanuel Macron. It is the second time in a week that the US president travels to Europe. There has never been so much security in Paris.

Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron will dine at the Eiffel Tower after a press conference late Thursday afternoon
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Donald Trump has already landed in Paris for the meeting with his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron. This is the second time in a week that the President of the United States of America travels to Europe.

The visit comes amid a crisis that revolves around a meeting between Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr, and a Russian lawyer during the 2016 presidential campaign. She will have offered him damaging information about Hillary Clinton. The visit to Europe could thus allow a short pause to the US president, who landed on Thursday morning at Paris Airport.

Trump is expected to meet at the US ambassador’s residence before being welcomed at the formal welcome ceremony by the French president. He will later visit the tomb of Napoleon before sitting down with Macron for talks that will be dominated by the security issue. At the end of the afternoon the joint press conference will be followed by a dinner at the Eiffel Tower.

Trump is then one of the honored guests of the feast days of July 14, the day of the Taking of the Bastille, the national day of France. A year ago, it was on these days that the bombing of Nice took place.

In an interview with the newspaper Ouest France, Emmanuel Macron said that the essential point of convergence between France and the United States is “the fight against terrorism and the protection of vital interests, which are in the Near and Middle East and Africa, where cooperation with The United States is exemplary. ” The French President justified the invitation made to the American counterpart to be present on the Bastille Day with the will to “celebrate an unavoidable relationship in the field of security.”

And security is not lacking: more than 11,000 police and 2,500 firefighters are mobilized by the autarchy of the French capital, in a plan that includes aerial and fluvial surveillance. It is that besides Trump, Macron will also have to his side the German chancellor Angela Merkel.

Macron also recalled that the United States is “the first partners in terms of information, military cooperation, and joint struggle against terrorism,” stressing that Washington is “also a historical partner.”

That’s why I invited Donald Trump to July 14, to celebrate the entry into the war on our side of American troops 100 years ago, to pay homage to them and to celebrate a relationship that is indispensable in the field of security, “he said. “We need the United States of America,” said the French head of state.

On Friday, the day of the French national holiday, US troops open the parade of the traditional military parade on the Champs Elysees.


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